What You're Doing This Week

Fiona Apple, Folklife Fest, and "Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play"

What are you doing this week? We offer up our favorite picks for the five days ahead: 


  • The free Fort Reno concert series rages on. The Torches -- “a band of gypsies ensuring that you’ll enjoy the lightning fast train ride to hell,” DCist says -- will perform alongside Musicband and the NV’s at 3950 Chesapeake Street NW. 7-9:30 p.m.; free. 
  • If your world of magic consists mainly of Harry Potter books, you might want to expand your view a bit. Head out to a book signing of “Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind” by Alex Stone at at Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave. NW) which uncovers the complexity of the magic world and Stone’s journey to become a master magician. 7 p.m.; free event; book 20 percent off $26.99.
  • In need of delicious baked goods, cocktails and live comedy entertainment? Well, yeah! Blind Dog Café (944 Florida Ave. NW) brings the third installment of Little Spoons Comedy Showcase series, an all-lady comedy lineup. This show’s headliner is Sara Amour and will feature Chelsea Shorte, Natalie Shure and more. 7-9 p.m.; free.


  • After another lengthy hiatus from the music world, Fiona Apple is back with a new album, and consensus is that she's on fiya this tour. She's headed to the Warner Theatre (513 13th. NW), and if her recent performance at 6th & I is any indication of what's in store, you're  not gonna want to miss this one. 8 p.m.; $50-$100.
  •  Celebrate Latino culture for a night with Ballet Hispanico at Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.). The all-Cuban program blends Latin, classical and contemporary dance as they capture your attention with their invigorating footwork. The performance will feature a crowd favorite, Club Havana, which includes the Conga, Rumba, Mambo and Cha Cha. 8:30 p.m.; $4- $40.


  • The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back. The diverse traditions of people all over the world are coming to the National Mall. Just to name a few, the festival includes performances from the University of Hawaii's Hula Halau and a test kitchen that will feature Northwest Native American cooking. George Clinton will bring the funk on the first night of the fest, with a free concert on the National Mall. See the complete schedule here. 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; opening night concert June 27 6-9 p.m.; festival June 27-July 1, July 4-8; free admission.
  • Bid bon voyage to The Georgetown canal boat with a farewell party at Lift Lock 4 (between Thomas Jefferson and 31st streets NW) before it's sent to Fletchers Cove to be demolished. The historic canal boat will sail the C&O Canal one last time during the event, with black balloons given out to say goodbye to the iconic boat. 5 p.m.; free.
  • Catch "Ghostbusters" at this week's NoMa Summer Screen (L Street NE between 2nd and 3rd streets NE). This year's theme is "The End of the World." They usually have free food and special events before the movie starts. Food and music 7 p.m.; movie 9 p.m.; free.


  • The Dude Fest is back at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington) for "The Big Lebowski" and some frosty White Russians (the Dude himself dinks nine during the course of the film). 7 p.m. doors; 7:30 p.m. themed music; 8:40 p.m. trivia; 9 p.m. movie; $12.
  • It doesn’t have to be February to pay homage to some of the most influential African Americans in our history. The D.C. Black Theatre Festival hosts the Living Legacy series, composed of five plays, plus theater workshops. The series highlights comedy, adult, gospel and drama themed plays. Thursday, offers “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman” and “Call Mr. Robeson.” 7 p.m.; check website for ticket info.
  • "Last Comic Standing" finalist Rachel Feinstein takes the stage at Riot Act Comedy Theater (801 E St. NW). Feinstein was featured on "Russell Simmons Presents Live at the El Ray," the 7th season of "Last Comic Standing" and on her own half-hour special on Comedy Central. Through June 29; $12- $22.


  • Picture it: Post-armageddon, there's no power, no TV... and nothing to do except reminisce about the Simpsons around a campfire. That's "Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play" for you, at the perfectly cromulent Woolly Mammoth Theatre (641 D St. NW) through Sunday. 8 p.m.; $60-$72.50.
  • Staffers from style site Cashmere & Tweed are headed to South Moon Under (2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington) for the Summer Style School Party, a night of discounts, giveaways and hobnobbing with fashion bloggers. Get 20 off purchases all night; the first 50 guests will each score a gift bag. 6-9 p.m.; free admission.


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